Devin Otto, Director of Bands
Dr. Devin Otto serves Director of Bands and Instructor of Tuba/Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He comes to Wisconsin after holding faculty positions at Minot State University, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Idaho. Committed to music education at all levels, Dr. Otto is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and presenter in a variety of musical genres. His ongoing research in the use of improvisational theater games for conducting study resulted in well-received presentations at the 2013 National Conference of the College Band Directors National Association and 2015 North Dakota Music Education Association State Conference, and in late 2016 he will teach a 2-day conducting workshop on behalf of the Wisconsin School Music Association. Other recent engagements as a clinician and presenter include the 2016 conferences of the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee and the International Society for Music Education in Glasgow, Scotland.
As a low brass player, Otto’s performance credits include the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Idaho/Washington Symphony, Minot Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Columbia Symphony Orchestra, International Brass Quintet, and Bob Curnow Big Band. He can be heard on the albums The Music of Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays, vol. 2 with the Bob Curnow Big Band, and Of Love and Life with the University of Colorado Wind Symphony. In the marching genre, Otto was a member of two D.C.I. Drum & Bugle Corps, including the 1999 World Champion Blue Devils.
Dr. Otto holds the Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting and Literature degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was a student of Allan McMurray. He also holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in music education from the University of Idaho and Eastern Washington University, and he has attended conducting symposiums under many of today’s outstanding wind conductors including H. Robert Reynolds, Craig Kirchhoff, Thomas Lee, Richard Floyd, Gary Hill, Mallory Thompson, and Rodney Winther.